Friday, January 30, 2009

"We don't need no education"

After nearly five years of working in a school, today has proved one thing - there is no such thing as discipline in our schools anymore... The children rule.

Walking through the corridors at Evesham High School today I have seen kids on their mobile phones without a care in the world, being mouthy to the staff, listening to their MP3 players during lessons and ignoring the teacher when they have been told to switch them off. I have seen them trash classrooms, unplug computers, and show absolutely no respect whatsoever to their environment, or us.... the staff.

Just a typical day really.

When I started at the school, I was quite keen to go to university to get a degree so that one day I could teach - It is something that I had always wanted to do - I don't think I'll bother. Why should I waste my time trying to help such unruly, disrespectful little turds. It's not just here though - it's everywhere.

There are no consequences for their actions - If students do something wrong, they get a nice warning and told not to do it again. They realise that they can push teachers as far as they like and that nothing will come of it. Schools are so much different from when I left 16 years ago. I never dreamt of calling a teacher gay, or a wanker to their face, or vandalise valuable school IT equipment.

These are the people who will one day be running our country in the not too distant future - is there any hope for us?

Rant over - sorry. I needed to get that off my chest. I actually had a really nice day at work really.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The beginning of a new year.... 24 days late!

My poor, poor Blog... I have neglected you these past few weeks...

Not much to report on the baby front - Michelle had her first visit to the midwife on Monday 12th January and other than signing some forms and filling out her FW8 so that she can get her Maternity Exemption Certificate, there isn't much else to say. Michelle has her first scan on Thursday 5th February which I am eagerly looking forward to.

Christmas came and went, and so did my 32nd Birthday. Work has been full of the usual - students forgetting their passwords, getting verbal abuse from the little shits when I catch them doing things to the computers that they shouldn't be doing. The most challenging thing we've been involved in at the school is replacing our crap email supplier with our own in-house Microsoft Exchange 2007 server. The toughest part is still yet to come - not teaching the kids.... but training the staff!

Still, almost a year after selling my entire Star Trek video collection, I am happy to say that I now been able to purchase all of the Deep Space Nine and Voyager DVD boxsets (along with my existing Star Trek TOS boxsets). Thanks to some extreme selling on eBay, next month I will get Enterprise, followed by The Next Generation and my collection will be once again complete!! Yippeee.

They will stand proud, next to my Gavin and Stacey boxset!!!!!!!!!

I must go now and nurse a nasty headache.